Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Going 3D

While working on the book today I used some 3D software for the first time. I used Google's SketchUp to build a room with a window in one wall so that I could see exactly how light would fall across a figure I have sitting on the floor. It was pretty intuitive and fun, and helped out a lot with the lighting, but I don't think I'll be changing careers to 3D modeling any time soon.

You can try it for free at Google SketchUp.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Favorite artists

People often ask what my influences are, so I thought it would be nice to put up a few artists that I admire very much every week. I thought it would also be good to mix it up between western and eastern artists. I will try to provide links to their websites if possible.

This week my western artist is Justin Sweet http://www.justinsweet.com/
And my eastern artist is Japan's Katsuya Terada http://cacazan.com/

Hope you enjoy their work as much as I do,


Saturday, January 24, 2009

Getting in the mindset

I've been reading lots of manga and watching tons of anime (which I do anyway, but now I can pretend like it's work).

Here's some things I've read or watched lately that I thought were quite good.

Solanin by Asano Inio

Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad

Girl in a Box by Sujata Massey

Burma Chronicles , Pyongyang, and Shenzen by Guy DeLisle (not manga, but really good graphic novels)